Tigard downed in quarterfinal at North Medford
It could easily said that it was a historic season for the Tigard High School softball team.
After all, the Tigers earned their first trip to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the first time since 1995.
But that's where Tigard's season came to a close.
The Tigers saw their season end with a 9-2 loss to defending state champion North Medford in a Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal game played Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford.
With the loss, Tigard, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 11 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 24-5.
North Medford, the Southwest Conference champion, and the No. 3 team in the power rankings, improved to 25-4 on the season. The Black Tornado also advanced to play at Clackamas in a state playoff semifinal game on Tuesday.
North Medford, in Friday's quarterfinal game, took a quick 2-0 lead, getting a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. But Tigard got one of those runs back in the top of the third.
Freshman Sophia vanderSommen got things started for the Tigers with a leadoff single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Abby Soderquist, and then she scored when sophomore Lexi Klum ripped a two-out triple to right field, making the score 2-1.
North Medford answered with a run in its half of the third, upping the lead to 3-1.
Tigard fought back with another run in the top of the fifth inning. Soderquist got things going with a one-out double to left field. Senior Caroline Riggs followed with a single to center field, driving in Soderquist to make the score 3-2.
But North Medford, getting two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and four more in the sixth, was able to pull away for the 9-2 victory.
Tigard, as a team, had seven base hits in the contest. Klum went 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple and an RBI. Riggs went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Senior Ashley Davis added a double. Soderquist and vanderSommen had Tigard's other hits.
For North Medford, Chelby Smalley went 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run, two doubles, a run scored and four RBIs.
The playoff loss marked the final high school game for Tigard's two seniors, Davis and Riggs.